Sandra Mims Rowe

Sandy Rowe is a noted journalist and newspaper editor. Her father was also a newspaper editor. Following her biography is a link to another page that displays the text of a speech she gave. Reading this speech gives some insight into why newspapers flourish when she runs the show.

Sandra Rowe's Biography

Sandy Rowe is editor of The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon. The Oregonian is the largest newspaper in the Northwest with a daily circulation of 360,000 and Sunday circulation of 450,000. Under her leadership, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 1999, the newspaper's first Pulitzer since 1957. In 2001, The Oregonian won the Pulitzer Gold Medal in Public Service and a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing.

From l984 until April l993, Ms. Rowe was executive editor and vice president of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. She had been with The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star for 22 years. The newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for general news reporting in l985.

Ms. Rowe is past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. A.S.N.E., with 825 members, is the leading organization of daily newspaper editors in the United States and Canada. Since 1994 she has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board. In October 2002, she will assume the chairmanship of the board.

Ms. Rowe chairs the Knight Foundation Journalism Advisory Board. The Knight Foundation, with approximately $2 billion in assets, is one of the 30 largest philanthropic foundations in the United States.

She is a member of the Medill School of Journalism Board of Visitors at Northwestern University and chairs the Board of Visitors of The Knight Fellowships at Stanford University.

She previously served on the Board of Visitors at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In April, 2000 she was inducted in the Virginia Journalism Hall of Fame.

Ms. Rowe is a l970 graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and completed the program for Management Development at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business in 1990.

She is married to Gerard P. Rowe, a lawyer, and is the mother of two daughters, Mims and Sarah.

Sandra Mims Rowe retired from her position with the Oregonian at the end of 2009.


Source: James Robert Lathan of Illinois who first brought this woman's career to my knowledge.
Source: Sandra Mims
Source: Gerard P. Rowe
Source: Laurie Rogerson, Assistant to Sandra Mims Rowe
Source: Connie Sage of The Virginia-Pilot in Norfolk, VA